Enbridge Pipelines Inc., TransCanada Corp. and Kinder Morgan Canada have signed a Joint Industry Partnership agreement to conduct research into aerial-based leak detection technologies, in the interest of enhancing across-the-board pipeline safety.
The companies said that the partnership demonstrates the partners' commitment to investing in the leading-edge tools and technologies that can bolster safety and reliability, while at the same time addressing public demands for responsible pipeline development.
According to the companies, the goal of the project is to identify technologies capable of viably detecting small leaks from liquid petroleum pipeline systems to improve pipeline safety.
The project is expected to involve laboratory research and field trials to evaluate the feasibility of commercially available aerial-based leak detection technologies, for use with crude oil and hydrocarbon liquids pipelines. The partnership includes a funding commitment from all three companies.
Data analysis will be conducted by Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures, and testing will be carried out by project research partner C-FER Technologies (1999) Inc. of Edmonton.
Kinder Morgan, Enbridge, and TransCanada have each committed CAN$200 000 to this partnership agreement. All three companies involved in this partnership agreement will share equally in the new knowledge and advancements that can be applied directly to improve safety and efficiency in their respective operations.
Edited from source by Elizabeth Corner